I don’t think there is a writer or film maker alive who understands and wields the power of the internet better than Kevin Smith. His online presence dates back to the golden AOL days of the interwebs where if you had been lucky enough to get his email address from an old copy of Wizard magazine he would be more than happy to respond to inquiries about his work and share a quick story or joke with any stranger who happened to end up in his “inbox”. There are some who argue that his movies are sophomoric or that he peaked with Clerks; but regardless of what you think of his individual movies, you have got to give the man credit for resilience. This is a guy who has become bigger than the sum of his work. He’s like a modern day Orson Welles; the fact that he’s involved with something often becomes bigger than the “thing” itself. For most this would be a highway to “Egoville”, but I can tell you from personal experience that Kevin Smith is one of the most grounded, friendly, down to Earth people you are likely to meet in the Hollywood business.
If you are not aware, Kevin Smith and his best friend/producer Scott Mosier have started a Podcast network called Smodcast with free shows on Comic books, NHL hockey, growing up in the Highlands section of New Jersey, the real life saga of Jason Mewes’s (Jay of Jay and Silent Bob) battle with drugs, etc. and so forth. If there is a topic that REMOTELY interests anyone in Kevin’s circle it seems to end up the subject of it’s own show on the network and incredibly, they almost all work. They provide new down-loadable content every single day of the week. In a move that ALMOST makes me wish I was in LA, they bought a small theater, branded it “Smodcastle” and now produce the majority of the podcasts there with a live audience. Kevin has recently finished making an independent Horror film called “Red State” and has been using the Podcast theater to hold what is essentially a “film school semester” explaining the process and business behind making a movie. The sessions are available to download and if you have any interest in the behind the scenes process of movie making, you should be checking this out. It’s incredibly informative, genuinely interesting and not surprisingly extremely entertaining. Did I mention it’s free?